Gerald Moore

The Gerald Moore Award is a biennial competition for piano accompanists of the song repertoire.

It was founded by Graham Johnson in 1992 in memory of the late great Gerald Moore, an iconic figure in the world of accompanists during the 20th century, and made possible by the generosity of the pianist’s family.

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Gerald Moore CBE

1899 – 1987

  • The profession of concert accompanist was irrevocably changed by the advent of Gerald Moore on the musical scene. His charm and legendary sense of humour were firmly underpinned by a sense of proportion and fair play which never allowed the more temperamental among his singing colleagues to gain a selfishly deployed upper hand.

  • He was shaped like an artist by his collaboration with many of the great singers of his generation, including John Coates, Elena Gerhardt, Elizabeth Schumann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Angeles, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and the great Kathleen Ferrier. His recordings with artists like Peter Dawson and John McCormack gave his fame an added popular base. His memoir Am I Too Loud (a rhetorical question unnecessary from one so well balanced) was a resounding success worldwide.

  • The Gerald Moore Award is open to nominated candidates from the major UK conservatoires plus a small number of independent candidates who are selected to be offered an audition on the strength of their paper applications.

    • Candidates

      Candidates must be under the age of 29 at the time of the auditions and must be residing or studying full-time in the UK.

    • Next Competition

      The next competition will be held in Autumn 2020. Dates and details of how to apply will be posted on the website in Spring 2020.

    Past Winners
  • George Moore Pianist Portrait

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Registered charity no 1001457
Honorary President: David Moore
Trustees: Paul Strang, Wendy Pyatt